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September 23, 2002

Here's another medley of news links. And I think I'm going to try to have fewer entries about Iraq in the future. With the time and energy I'm spending on Iraq, I'm surely missing dozens of other important subjects.

Unveiled: the Thugs Bush Wants in Place of Saddam- who gets to be the new head of Iraq once the U.S. grinds Hussein to dust? Our front-runners are two military strongmen and an alleged corporate crook.

Still a Few Dots to Connect in Iraq Domino Theory- so U.S. policy in the Middle East is now "reverse domino theory"?

The News Dissector and the President- Danny Schecter "the news dissector", behind the scenes at a presidential press conference. Revealing, I recommend giving it a look.

The Operation Was a Success (But the Patients Died)- correction of news articles I did not see. The New England Journal of Medicine published a new study about the treatment of prostate cancer, and the US media got the story wrong. While the media announced that surgical removal of cancerous prostates saved lives, the study actually concluded that there was there was "no significant difference between surgery and watchful waiting in terms of overall survival." Or, as this article puts it "if I were to say, 'Listen we have a great new procedure for people with inoperable brain cancer ... we're going to cut off every one's head and then I can absolutely guarantee that you won't die of brain cancer,' that wouldn't prove very much, would it?"

See the Mike Tyson Spot Fox Pulled Off the Air- the Fox Sports Net cable channel recently ran a commercial for their program "The Best Damned Sports Show Period" which was quickly removed because of its controversial content. It showed boxer Mike Tyson singing lullabies to a baby he held cradled in his arms as he rocked it back and forth; apparently the ad was supposed to show to what lengths athletes would go to appear on the BDSSP. But the public seemed to think that having a convicted rapist holding a baby was perhaps not the best of ideas (now that I write these words, I think I'm one of those people). But, thanks to modern technology, you can view this absurd and wildly inappropriate commercial through the wonders of streaming video.

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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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